Despite its flaws ‘The Water Diviner’ is a beautiful and moving movie

The 100th anniversary of World War I is passing by in the United States quietly mostly because, I suspect, how little the United States suffered during that war, compared to Europe and its colonies. Around 17 million soldiers and civilians died during the war’s four years; it wiped away huge swaths of the British, French, [...]

Timken Museum celebrates with eighth annual ‘Art of Fashion’ show

Timken Museum also known as San Diego’s “jewel box” of fine art, held it’s eighth annual Art of Fashion 2015 fundraiser Monday, April 20 from 7-10 p.m. The event featured work from student designers and one was chosen that evening to receive a $5,000 scholarship. Dame Zandra Rhodes, international fashion icon and designer and honorary [...]

Book review: ‘A Matter of Breeding’

The cur at the corner of your couch is one of the best dogs you’ve ever had. He’s smart, he’s friendly and he loves the kids. Ever since he was a puppy, he’s been scrupulously clean, inside and out. He watches over you, he makes you laugh, and you can’t imagine life without him. So [...]

Native Americans, Father Serra and ‘Two Spirited’

Father Serra

As soon as Pope Francis announced that he was going to canonize and make a “saint” of Father Junipero Serra (the 18th century Franciscan missionary of California) rightfully protests were immediately made and are going on to this day by Native Americans. Many Native American and “First Nation” leaders have compared Father Serra’s conversion of [...]


dvd of the week The wondrous Paddington was freely adapted from the children’s book series by Michael Bond that began in 1958. Paddington is a rare intelligent talking bear from Darkest Peru, and in Paul King’s film, he sets off for London to find a new home after the forest where he lived with his [...]

Cucumber and Banana

dvr this Logo, Mondays, 10 p.m. Russell Davies, who created Queer as Folk and rebooted Doctor Who, has returned to gay dramedy with two shows Cucumber and Banana, which have already premiered in the U.K. and have now landed in the U.S. on Logo. Davies’ original version of Queer as Folk was leaps and bounds [...]

Which way will the justices go in the SCOTUS oral arguments?

1971, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision to deny a marriage license to a couple because they were the same sex. The couple’s appeal, known as Baker v. Nelson, was the last time the U.S. Supreme Court considered a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. To say they considered it is an overstatement, [...]

The City: Top to Bottom

thursday, april 23 Featured Artists Show Sharon Thomas and Terry Barker will be the featured artists in Gallery 23 through April 30. Dora Chen will show her watercolor art in the Alcove. Southwestern Artists Association, Spanish Village Art Center, Studio 23, 1770 Village Place in Balboa Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission, 619-232-3522, friday, [...]

The Personal Privacy Protection Act initiative

Aug. 12, 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) into law. Paraphrasing the fact sheet for the bill promulgated by the Transgender Law Center, Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the GSA Network, the bill Introduced in February 2013 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and co-authored by [...]

With God there are no coincidences

As a progressive Christian, I believe there are many names for God and many ways to a loving God; this article reflects one of those ways. Take from here what works for you. Celebrate life with joy and peace! Recently, Lee Bowman, the minister of administration for MCC San Diego, preached a powerful and poignant [...]

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